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choleric
phlegmatic
sanguine
melancholic
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phlegmatic

PRONUNCIATION:
(fleg-MAT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having a sluggish temperament; apathetic.
2. Calm or composed.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin phlegmaticus, from Greek phlegmatikos, from phlegm (inflammation, the humor phlegm supposedly as a result of heat), from phlegein (to burn).

USAGE:
"So why are Israelis almost hysterical about the Iranian threat, while South Koreans are phlegmatic about the North Korean threat?"
Gwynne Dyer; Koreans, Israelis and Nukes; The Korea Times (Seoul); May 26, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable? -Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

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